The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs softball team competed in five games over the weekend at a tournament in Franklin and picked up a pair of wins and three losses in the effort.
“I believe the tournament provided a great opportunity to see where the girls are at and how to structure future practices,” said first-year North Zulch softball coach Corina Barrington. “I am thankful that we played better teams during pool play so the girls got an opportunity to see what high caliber teams do.”
The Lady Bulldogs split a pair of games with Fairfield in Franklin and also picked up a victory over Bremond. The weekend’s other two losses came to Leon and White Oak by respective scores of 16-0 and 11-0.
“I had quite a few younger girls say that they liked to watch the other team because they seemed so comfortable in their positions,” said Barrington. “It was a great opportunity to preach the fact that you will not improve as much if you only practice at school”
The best competition for North Zulch came against Fairfield. The teams split a pair of matchups and both were decided by just one run.
In the 6-5 win over the Eagles, Megan Massey led the offensive attack for the Bulldogs with two hits, two runs scored and two runs driven in. The only other hit in the game was recorded by Cheyanne Wallin, but North Zulch drew nine free passes via the walk.
The next matchup against Fairfield would also finish 6-5, but the Lady Bulldogs found themselves on the losing end. Jordan Barrington and Shelby Harkrider each recorded triples in the contest and runs were scored by Lakin Maddin, Shae Keith, Ally Grier and Harkrider.
“I believe one of our biggest strengths is being really energetic when we step onto the field,” said Barrington. “We do a great job coming together as a team and picking up the slack when some of our others are not producing. Our weakness right now is defense since the rain has stopped us from getting on the field.”
Still, the Lady Bulldogs were still able to pick up a 2-0, shutout victory over Bremond in Franklin. Jordan Barrington and Tessah Haggard scored the only two runs of the game.
“Our pitching has done exactly what we needed to far,” said Barrington. “We have two senior pitchers leading us right now and all I have asked them to do is let our defense work and give us a chance to get practice before district starts and they have done a great job.”
Due to the weather, the team’s game against Somerville on Monday was rescheduled and will be played on Wednesday night.